China launches 3 astronauts to Tiangong space station
In China, three astronauts, including a civilian, were launched to the Tiangong Space Station on Shenzhou-16 on 30 May.
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The civilian, Professor Gui Haichao of Beihang University, was the first to be placed in orbit in space.
This is the first mission for Shenzhou-16 Tiangong since it entered the application and development phase.
Tiangong is the crown jewel of China's space program, which has also landed robotic rovers on Mars and the Moon. The launch was a complete success and the astronauts are in good condition.
The Shenzhou-16 crew was launched aboard a Long March 2F rocket at 9:31 a.m. local time from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.
China's first manned space mission in 2003 made it the third country after the Soviet Union and the United States to send a man into space from its own resources.
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